Welcome to the third day of my mini series in the Armor of God Study. As I run through the chapter over the Breastplate of Righteousness, I realize that there are places in my heart that I need to align with what God says is true. I would love it if you would follow along with me in my journal for the week!
“Oh great!” were my first thoughts when opening up this chapter. Patricia opens with explaining how she used to play piano, and then several different sports. She then says the words that have rung so true for me: “Practice makes perfect.” How many of us have heard this, and even repeat it to ourselves in our own lives? It wasn’t until I was in my late teens/early twenties that I actually began to realize how detrimental this was in my spiritual life if I were actually to claim God’s plan for my life. Sure, I was being extra spiritual, and I seemed to have it all together, but I was doing all of it. There was no acknowledgement of help from the Lord. Yes, I had received salvation at an early age, and I had grown a lot in learning to seek Him. I had attended camps, read the Bible regularly, went to church, and was even learning how to study the Bible better because I was attending a Christian college.
But who was this all for? It was for me, if I were being really honest. It was so that I would look better. It wasn’t until I grasped the fact, prayed through God changing my heart in this area, and actually started living like “I am not perfect, but God has done an amazing work in me!” that it actually started changing my perspective on who I need to be. I still seek the Lord. I still pursue righteousness every day. I spend time in His Word and pray. But I am no longer striving. I am not trying to earn my way into God’s good graces. And I realize that I am righteous because of the Lord, not because of any past or future actions of mine. Sometimes the best thing to say to the Lord is, “Thank you!”